The Social Experiment, a band comprised of musical contemporaries Devin Collins, William Tatge, Felix Pastorius and Chris Ward was formed to play at the Zinc Bar for the NYC Winter Jazz Fest in 2012. Since then, from the Blue Note to the 55bar and between, they’ve had the privilege to hone their skills in the New York city music scene. Individually they each bring an assortment of styles and experience to the group. Chris Ward in his formative years studied with iconic players such as George Garzone and Frank Tiberi at the Berklee College of Music as well as Chris Potter and Wayne Krantz at NYU. Although he is formerly trained in jazz, he is majorly influenced by the likes of Bjork, Radiohead and Portishead. William Tatge brings his influences to the group from Italy where he obtained summa cum laude degrees from the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence in both classical piano and composition. Not just collaborating with musicians, he has also worked with visual artist Christine Meisner on the video work Disquieting Nature which premiered in Berlin and has been shown in many prestigious museums and galleries including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Walther Collection in New York. Devin Collins attended the Berklee College of Music as well and has since been steadily making a name for himself playing with an ever-growing list of musicians. Meshell Ndegeocello, Lincoln Goines, Hadrien Feraud, Essiet Essiet, Michael League, Oscar Stagnaro, Evan Marien, Josh Hari, and Steve Jenkins are just a selection of the bass players on that list. Felix Pastorius is a self taught musician who began gigging professionally at the age of 15, fine tuning his craft over the next 17 years while playing alongside artists such as Robert Thomas Jr., Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Cindy Blackman-Santana, and Bobby McFerrin. Aside from Social Experiment, Felix currently tours with Jeff Coffin’s The Mu’tet, and since 2012, The Yellowjackets.
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